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Fuel crisis looming over Manipur

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, Nov 11 - The petrol stock in Manipur is going to dry up within a short time if not replenished immediately, authorities here said on Friday.

The existing stock of petrol in Imphal has been reserved for the government authorities while the diesel stock will last for four days, according to official sources here. Around 155 fuel tankers were reportedly stranded at Khatkhati area in Assam near the Assam-Nagaland border.

A high level official meeting was held here on Wednesday to discuss providing security escort to ferry the stranded oil tankers, the sources said. However, there is no report of any immediate steps by the government to resolve the fuel crisis.

The bandh and blockade-ridden Manipur is facing the fuel crisis this time due to an indefinite economic blockade on National Highways imposed by United Naga Council (UNC) since November 1 in protest against the alleged �lopsided decision� of the State Government to declare Sadar Hills and Jiribam sub-division into full-fledged districts.

On Thursday, UNC said, they are intensifying the blockade by banning construction of Trans-Asian Railways and National projects in Naga areas �till a written official assurance from Centre is received on the position of creating new district(s).�

Demonetisation: Normal life in Manipur capital here continue to be affected due to demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. People continue to queue in front of nationalised banks from wee hours for exchanging and depositing their money. However, around 10 ATMs are expected to open from November 12 afternoon, sources said.

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Fuel crisis looming over Manipur

IMPHAL, Nov 11 - The petrol stock in Manipur is going to dry up within a short time if not replenished immediately, authorities here said on Friday.

The existing stock of petrol in Imphal has been reserved for the government authorities while the diesel stock will last for four days, according to official sources here. Around 155 fuel tankers were reportedly stranded at Khatkhati area in Assam near the Assam-Nagaland border.

A high level official meeting was held here on Wednesday to discuss providing security escort to ferry the stranded oil tankers, the sources said. However, there is no report of any immediate steps by the government to resolve the fuel crisis.

The bandh and blockade-ridden Manipur is facing the fuel crisis this time due to an indefinite economic blockade on National Highways imposed by United Naga Council (UNC) since November 1 in protest against the alleged �lopsided decision� of the State Government to declare Sadar Hills and Jiribam sub-division into full-fledged districts.

On Thursday, UNC said, they are intensifying the blockade by banning construction of Trans-Asian Railways and National projects in Naga areas �till a written official assurance from Centre is received on the position of creating new district(s).�

Demonetisation: Normal life in Manipur capital here continue to be affected due to demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. People continue to queue in front of nationalised banks from wee hours for exchanging and depositing their money. However, around 10 ATMs are expected to open from November 12 afternoon, sources said.